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Hyundai i30 wagon teased ahead of 2017 Geneva Motor Show, but not for Australia

By WhichCar staff, 20 Feb 2017 Car Style

2017 Hyundai i30 wagon

Teaser images of the new Hyundai i30 wagon have started to circulate the internet ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut. But we won’t see it here.

Images of the new Hyundai i30 wagon have been teased, but Hyundai Australia says it’s unlikely to arrive here.

Released ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut next month, the image doesn’t reveal much of the car, showing merely a silhouette of the roofline.

However, the wagon will likely follow a similar design to its smaller sibling, the i30 hatch, which was launched last week in Korea.

“The New Generation i30 Wagon speaks the language of the i30 family in terms of design, and it carries the new Hyundai family identity – the Cascading Grille,” said Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Design Centre Europe.

“The tapering roofline and the dynamic proportions give the Wagon an almost coupe-like silhouette.

“The sleek and dynamic profile is further emphasised by a rich chrome frame surrounding the side windows.”

While the new generation i30 wagon will feature a redesign, which, from what we can tell, will also include a longer body, we’re unlikely to see it arrive here.

The i30 wagon was taken off the Australian market a couple of years ago, with this country’s SUV trend growing stronger and the wagon market losing popularity. At the time, cost and popularity were the main reasons given for its disappearance.

Hyundai Australia told WhichCar that while it’s “unlikely” the i30 wagon will arrive in Australia due to the limited market for small wagons, it’s not completely ruled out.

Meanwhile, the new third-generation i30 hatch is set to arrive in Australia in Q2 this year, featuring a redesign, new engines and a sportier feel.

We drove the all-new i30 hatchback in Korea last week, so more information will arrive later this week.